How To Setup A Live Stream

Quick to assemble and easy-to-use even for small or portable churches I’m going to walk you through all the gear you’re going to need as well as some of my favorite pieces of software for streaming to Facebook YouTube or private server watch to the end because I think you’ll discover that live streaming for your church doesn’t have to be as expensive or complicated as itself and with the right tools and a little bit of guidance you can reach your church Community online in just a few easy steps my name is Jake Ghazal an online resource for Innovative and creative church leaders make sure to subscribe to the channel and hit the notification Bell please contact to help you grow yourself and grow your church make sure you check out the show notes below for links to all of the gear and software mentioned in this video that’s going to help you get up and running with your own the livestream system so what I’m going to do now is show you step-by-step how to build a live streaming system for your church but please keep in mind that this system needs to be customized to your churches need and your own preferences so the gear in software I use doesn’t necessarily have to be the gear in software you use but I think you’ll still benefit from this video because you’ll just have a more comprehensive understanding of how all this works and then you can go about customizing it for your church and before you dive into purchasing any gear or software live streaming at your church I encourage you to get together with the other leaders at your church and ask yourself some of these questions why do we need to livestream our worship Gathering online what’s the return on investment going to because a lot of this cost money so is it even going to be worthwhile for our church are we doing this merely to be cool or to be like Elevation Church and we think that we’re going to have thousands of people turning into our livestream every Sunday other people in our church Community who genuinely want to be a part of what happens on Sunday but they can’t make it because maybe they’re homebound or maybe they’re in the military and they just can’t physically be with us will live streaming be a key part of our marketing strategy and how we reach people beyond our church if a potential visitors Caesar live stream for the first time what kind of first impression would it make are we going to publish I livestream publicly on YouTube or Facebook or are we going to stream them to a private server we’re only people who know where to go with have access to it I don’t want to go into detail here about whether or not your church should be live streaming but honestly I don’t think your church should be wasting any time or precious resources on a system like this if strategically it’s not going to accomplish much for you my friend Brady Shearer has a fantastic video on this topic so after you watch this video make sure you check it out he’s going to help you think through this strategically assuming you are ready to move forward in live streaming make strategic sense for your church let’s dive into the setup and how it all works for my small Church Plant again has to be super quick to set up has to be easy to use for my volunteers those were the main reasons I made some decisions about the gear and software that I have here I’m not going to be showing you an elaborate multicam live stream system that cost tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars everything you’re about to see here cost just over $2,000 and as I walk do the specifics of my setup I’m going to kind of be walking you through just be General overview of how live streaming works so you’ll get it from a theoretical sense as well as you’ll be able to see the hardware and how this all works together to the first thing you’re going to need is a computer that acts as your hub for your livestream you can use a Mac or a PC and believe it or not after doing a lot of research on this it seems that having a PC is better for live streaming you can still have a great set up automatic and I’m going to show you my setup which runs on a Mac make sure your computer is going to have a solid internet connection and if you’re really serious have a standalone internet connection that’s dedicated just to live streaming so you don’t have any glitches or lag in your feed so here is my setup I’m going to be using my MacBook Pro the next thing you’re going to need is a video source with a large variety of ways you can do this but I’m going to talk to you about to the first way you can do this is by purchasing inexpensive Camcorder for a few hundred dollars and I would recommend the Canon vixia HF r800 it’s just over $200 and it has an HDMI output what you’ll need any camera you try to use with the setup from the camera you’re going to send that video feed through the HDMI cable to an HDMI video capture device switch on the other side of cable that’s going to plug into your computer so I can have camera you’re going to have HDMI to USB capture device and then that’s going to go into your computer when it’s all said and done when you use a camcorder and a video capture device you’re probably looking at around 5 to $600 alternatively you could buy a camera that has the USB functionality built into it so you don’t need a separate HDMI capture device and that’s what I have here this is the PTZ Optics 20 x Zoom USB camera I’m really grateful for PTZ optics for sending this to me so I can show you all what a great tool. This can be for churches when it comes to live streaming around $1,800 so it’s not cheap it’s not as cheap as getting a small little Canon camcorder but here’s why I like this camera and why I think it’s worth the price tag first it’s super compact look at the size of it compared to my hand here so it’s super small it’s going to work great for our church contacts because again we’re setup and teardown church we can’t have big bulky items this camera can easily be controlled via remote control it can pan it can tilt and it can also zoom in and out also be controlled by Ableton Live which I’ll be sure to make a video about that in the future V image quality on this camera is also great actually that’s what you’re saying right now I’m looking into the PTZ Optics camera and I’m really happy with the dynamic range of this camera and I actually have it at the single purposely so that you see that even though I have the bright Windows right here in the Shadows on my face you can still see decent detail since we’re a church that meets in a large Auditorium I love having the ability to have this 20 times optical zoom which it’s super close to my face right now looks ridiculous at the beginning focus is to close but this is important when you are trying to stream a worship Gathering because you have a lot of room you need to be able to zoom in on people on stage or Zoom back out Y2K the whole stage and you don’t want digital Zoom because of that will look grainy and nasty and finally one of my favorite things about this camera is that plugs into our streaming computer via USB so we don’t need another video capture device to go from HDMI to USB like you would with a camcorder so for us at our church of the simpler the set up the better he simply plug it into the computer and it works so those are a couple options for capturing the video portion of your live stream and of course you think through how you’re going to mount your camera we’re going to place it at our church I’m just going to place it on top of a basic video tripod at the back of the room by our sound console at your church you may have a permanent worship space where you can mount your camera permanently so you don’t have to worry about setting it up or tearing it down every week now let’s talk about capturing audio for our live stream so like the video capture device you’re going to have an audio capture device it’s going to be sending your audio feed from your sound console to York shooter I recommend having the ability to create a unique next for your live stream because often things need to be mixed a bit differently for computer speakers or speakers on a mobile device vs. what you’re going to be hearing from your PA system so we use the Midas m32r there’s plenty of mixbus out on that sound console we could plug the USB cable from the Midas m32r directly into the computer and send audio that way but I think there’s a more simple way of doing it and that is to use one of those XLR outputs from the back of the Midas m32r one of the next bus out and route that into a basic little audio interface like what I have here the Beranger um2 interface has $30 in her face and this is a easy way to send a unique next from the board into an interface and into our computer for the livestream a sound person can you put on his or her headphones to kind of dial in what mix would sound good live stream and with the setup on a livestream computer we won’t need to be running you know a d a w like Ableton or Pro Tools or logic to mix the sound from sound console it will be coming into the computer through this one mono input all mixed all ready to go so that’s the audio setup it’s not quite as complicated but you still want to make sure that you do a great job streaming high quality audio with your video that covers all of the hardware we need for video capture and audio capture so we have a video and audio coming to our computer but now we need a software that’s going to take that video and audio put it together and then send it to the internet to YouTube or Facebook or to a private server in my opinion this is the most difficult aspect of building your livestream system because the software you choose really depends on your contacts weather using a Mac or PC and just your personal preferences can check out but I don’t necessarily recommend is OBS Studio it’s a free software that runs both on Mac and PC because it’s free and open source it means it’s not quite as easy to use or plug-in play as what I prefer if you’re going to use OBS Studio be prepared to go on YouTube find a bunch of tutorial videos and figure out how to configure it for your contacts at our church we simply don’t have time to troubleshoot audio syncing issues and to have these little glitches that I was fighting with OBS so that’s why I rather go find a affordable pet adoption for software that’s just going to work well for those of you using a Mac for your livestream I recommend using ecamm live at $79 it’s super easy to use you simply plug the camera into it whether you have to set up like me or if you have HDMI capture device with a camcorder and it just works with the software also take just seconds to login to your YouTube or Facebook app so you can send your livestream there and ecamm live has a cool feature where you can monitor the comments on your Facebook live without needing to open your browser window in Facebook to do that you can do it all within ecam if you are a PC user than I recommend checking out vmix it’s a very comparable in price to ecamm live I honestly wish vmix was available for Mac because 4 live streaming a worship Gathering it might even be a little bit better than you can live a free version but you have to pay $60 for the version that can stream in HD so while these two pieces of software are not free I think it’s totally worth the price tag of $60 or $80 to save your team the headache when it comes to getting us all up and running so finally the last thing you need within the system is your Facebook account or YouTube account so hopefully your church hasn’t been living under a rock for the past 10 years and you already have those set up their free they’re easy to use and no matter what software you go with it’s very easy to send your live stream to your account simply follow the support videos or instructions that come with those pieces of software so that covers all of the hardware and software you’re going to need for a livestream system at your church to recap you have video capture device an audio capture device going to send those signals to your computer where then it’s going to go into a software like ecamm live or OBS or vmix and then from those pieces of software whichever one you choose you can then broadcast to YouTube Facebook or a private rtmp server exactly what this looks like for our churches live stream system using a PTZ Optics camera the spare injure interface Mac and ecamm live both this camera and the interface are just plugged into this MacBook Pro via USB in order to pretend that this mic right here is the mix coming from our sound console for our lives does this mic is going into this audio interface into channel one so everything’s plugged in ready to go I’m going to open up ecamm live and by default ecamm live is using my FaceTime camera on my computer and it is using my computer’s built-in microphone and then it’s really easy to select the right input so I want to go to camera I’m going to select the PTZ Optics camera automatically detects it so that’s what you’re seeing here and I’ll just pay him at up a little bit so you come out so we’re not super close so that’s good to go with a video feed and then under microphone I’m going to select USB audio codec that is the Beranger um2 interface that I have right here and then under window I can bring up my sound levels just to make sure that the sound is good so I can monitor you if I turn away up it’s going to clip I can turn it down on the interface to have a good healthy feed coming in there so my video and audio are ready to go in detail live so now I need to select the destination so I could have record only or I can send it to YouTube or Facebook for this example I want to send it to YouTube and it support keep in mind that you can actually have it record all broadcasts up here so it’ll send a broadcast to the internet but it also record it locally on the computer so I have YouTube set as a destination and then I’m going to Press login and I’ll select the right Channel and I’ll allow it to manage my account and then I will go ahead and make sure right now I’m just going to test out this livestream so I’ll keep things on private cuz I don’t really need all of you guys to see this random live stream and I highly recommend you do the same when you test out your live streams always do it first in a private mode and then I’ll hit get started here and I’m ready to go live on YouTube so I’ll go ahead and do that I’ll press go live we can see here I’m alive and I can you know people operating my camera and Nanny cam live can do a lot of fancy stuff with overlays and stuff like that so if I wanted to you know how account down in there I could do that I could add images and titles lots of fancy stuff in ecamm live it makes it really easy to do that so that’s why I recommend the software if you have a Mac so let’s pretend that I’m all wrapped up I’ll just press finish so that I can view the post on YouTube and I will do that. Do you know how to count down in there I could do that I could add images and titles lots of fancy stuff in ecamm live it makes it really easy to do it super simple right now it’s a private video on YouTube again I could set this to public if I wanted to I’ll probably just go ahead and delete this video but that’s how it works it’s really that easy again using the PTZ Optics camera the Beranger interface and Nanny cam live again if you’re running on a Mac it only takes like a couple seconds to get this stuff up and running now you know how to set up a livestream system at your church in the near future I’ll be recording some of the services at our church at Mission Lakewood we can’t live stream from the school we meet at because we do not have a reliable internet connection there there’s only this really credit public Wi-Fi that’s available at the school and it will not be reliable to stream but a cool trick you can do as you can record locally to your computer because like software lucky Camp can do that automatically and then you can actually play that video file back later with an E Cam and live stream just had a later time and this could be a cool way to be able to have yourself or someone on your pastoral team engage with people during a live stream because you’re not preaching a sermon or leading worship but you can just be at home on the couch so keep an eye on my channel as I’ll be releasing more videos on this topic in the future I’m really excited to show you how you can automate the PTZ Optics camera with Ableton Live if you are a worship tech nerd and you want an organized list of all the gear we use at my church plant including all this live stream gear then you should download My Worship Ministry toolkit link below this video click link complete the form I’ll send you instant access thank you so much for watching this video if you found it helpful police at that thumbs and share it with your friends in Ministry you can check out some related videos right over here and don’t forget to subscribe to the church bunch and also you can continue to receive all of our latest content to help you grow yourself and grow your church